Internalized Racism

Donna Bivens provides this definition of internalized racism in her chapter from Flipping the Script: White Privilege and Community Building on “What Is Internalized Racism?”: “As people of color are victimized by racism, we internalize it. That is, we develop ideas, beliefs, actions and behaviors that support or collude with racism. This internalized racism has its own systemic reality and its own negative consequences in the lives and communities of people of color. More than just a consequence of racism, then, internalized racism is a systemic oppression in reaction to racism that has a life of its own. In other words, just as there is a system in place that reinforces the power and expands the privilege of white people, there is a system in place that actively d [...]

Analysis of Internalized Racism and Oppressions

Understanding Internalized Racial Oppression and Internalized Racial Superiority
Ramsey County Human Services Anti Racism Leadership Team
Internalized Oppression and Latinos
Lauren M. Padilla
Texas Hispanic Journal of Law
Major Scholars of Native American Historical Trauma
Prof. Janis Johnson
American Indian Literature: Resistance and Renewal
What Is Internalized Racial Oppression and Why Don’t We Study It?: Acknowledging Racism’s Hidden Injuries
Karen D. Pyke
Sociological Perspectives

Core Concepts

Discussion Topics: Internalized Racism
Taking Action Against Racism in the Media
Internalized Racism: A Definition
Donna Bivens
Women’s Theological Center
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
Dr. Joy DeGruy
What Is Internalized Racism?
Donna K. Bivens
CAPD with MP Associates

Internalized Racism Within Communities of Color

Healing from the Effects of Internalized Oppression
Marya Axner
Community Tool Box, KU Center for Community Health and Development
My Oppressor Is Oppressed
An Injustice!;
Countering Internalized Racism
Mandala Psychotherapy Services
Internalized Racism (The Silent Face of Bigotry)
The Angry Black Woman
Thinking About Racial Paradigms: Consequences for Analyzing the Relations between African-Americans and Latinos in the U.S.
Manuel Pastor, Jr.
Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community, University of California Santa Cruz

Resources for People of Color

Requiem to Dr. Maya Angelou: “The Mask”
See Black Womxn
Day 8: Internalized Racism
Food Solutions New England
2020, White Supremacy, Black Male Leadership, and Me
Marcus Littles
Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ)
What I’ve Learned About Showing Up for My Black Co-Director
Priscilla Hung
Move to End Violence
Surviving Oppression; Healing Oppression
Dr. Vanissar Tarakali
Maryam M. Jernigan et al.
Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture
Internalized Racism Inventory
Cultural Bridges to Justice
Mandala Psychotherapy Services: Practicing a Psychotherapy of Liberation
Vanessa McAdams-Mahmoud
Mandala Psychotherapy Services

“Let a new earth rise. Let another world be born. Let a bloody peace be written in the sky. Let a second generation full of courage issue forth, let a people loving freedom come to growth, let a beauty full of healing and a strength of final clenching be the pulsing in our spirits and our blood. Let the martial songs be written, let the dirges disappear. Let a race of men now rise and take control!”

~ Margaret Walker, “For My People”


Black Self / White World — Lessons on Internalized Racism – Jabari Lyles, TEDxTysonsSalon

Also in this section:
  • Racial Equity

  • Structural Racism

  • System of White Supremacy and White Privilege

  • Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity

  • Systems Thinking

  • Theory

  • Racism

  • Decolonization Theory and Practice

  • Intersectionality